<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ricky Ponting has no regret on missing out on Ashes" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130712123233.jpg" title="Ricky Ponting has no regret on missing out on Ashes" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Ricky Ponting hit unbeaten 169 for Surrey in his final innings against Nottinghamshire at The Oval on Thursday in the English county championship © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Jul 12, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Ricky-Ponting/post" target="_blank">Ricky Ponting</a> has no regrets over missing out on the <a href="/tags/The-Ashes-2013/post" target="_blank">Ashes</a> despite marking his final First-Class innings with a century on the same day <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a>'s top order struggled for runs.<br /> <br /> The 38-year-old former Australian captain hit unbeaten 169 for Surrey in his final innings against Nottinghamshire at The Oval on Thursday in the English county championship.<br /> <br /> His runs came as Australia's leading batsmen, with the exception of <a href="/tags/Phil-Hughes/post" target="_blank">Phil Hughes</a> and <a href="/tags/Steven-Smith/post" target="_blank">Steven Smith</a>, all <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-Ashton-Agar-steals-the-show-on-topsy-turvy-Day-Two-of-1st-Test/28852" target="_blank">struggled in the first Test against England</a> at Trent Bridge.<br /> <br /> Ponting had moved from his overnight 41 to 108 by lunch on the final day and he remained unbeaten throughout his seven-hour, 319-ball innings, which included 18 fours, to help Surrey rescue a draw.<br /> <br /> The 38-year-old, who <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/Cricket-Video-Article/Ricky-Ponting-announces-retirement-from-Test-cricket/2398" target="_blank">retired from international cricket</a> in December 2012 with a Test average of 51.85, had reached the landmark of 24,000 first-class runs at the start of his second innings on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> But, with Australia's batsmen struggling to shine at Trent Bridge, it was inevitable Ponting would be asked if his superb display would make him reconsider his decision to retire.<br /> <br /> "Look there's no doubt I could continue to play and continue to play well," Ponting said.<br /> <br /> "Saying that, I've really enjoyed the time I had here with Surrey and my intentions were not to retire when I first came, it is just that opportunities have opened up back home off the field.<br /> <br /> "First-class cricket is over for me now. As much as I enjoy it and as much as I know I can keep playing, there's other things I have to look after in my personal life. It's been 21 years now.<br /> <br /> "A lot of that time has been away from home. It'll just be nice to live life as a father and as a parent.<br /> "I'll stay involved with the game. I love the game too much and love competing.<br /> <br /> "I've got some stuff to do with the <a href="/tags/Big-Bash-League/post" target="_blank">Big Bash League</a> back in Australia this year and the Ashes series is back on in the summer, so I'll be there or thereabouts, involved somewhere. Today [Thursday] , on a personal note, was a nice way to finish."<br /> <br /> Ponting's farewell innings lifting his first-class run tally to 24,150 runs at an average of 55.90 in 289 appearances.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, former Australia batsman <a href="/tags/Simon-Katich/post" target="_blank">Simon Katich</a> was also in the runs on Thursday for Lancashire against Northamptonshire.<br /> <br /> The 37-year-old, who played the last of his 56 Tests in 2010, smashed a scintillating 200 off 322 balls which included 26 fours and one six as Lancashire were eventually bowled out for 442.<br /> <br /> Katich hit 10 centuries in his Test career.